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NHL: Torres and Mason power Columbus past Nashville

AP , COLUMBUS, OHIO

The Columbus Blue Jackets’ R.J. Umberger, left, carries the puck past the Nashville Predators’ Greg de Vries during the second period of their NHL game in Columbus, Ohio, on Tuesday. The Blue Jackets beat the Predators 2-1.

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Raffi Torres scored early in the third period and Steve Mason made the go-ahead goal stand up as the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Nashville Predators 2-1 in the NHL on Tuesday.

R.J. Umberger also scored for the Blue Jackets, who are sixth in the Western Conference with 88 points, four ahead of Nashville and five in front of eighth-place St Louis.

Cal O’Reilly gave the Predators a lead midway through the first period.

PANTHERS 5, SENATORS 2

At Sunrise, Florida, Richard Zednik and Bryan McCabe scored power-play goals late in the second period and lifted Florida over Ottawa.

Nathan Horton and Stephen Weiss also scored for Florida, which won their third straight game. Michael Frolik added an empty-net goal with 1:32 left.

Chris Kelly and Chris Campoli both netted goals for Ottawa, but the Senators were eliminated from playoff contention.

CANADIENS 4, BLACKHAWKS 1

At Montreal, Alex Kovalev scored for a fourth straight game 25 ­seconds in and assisted on Andrei Markov’s power-play goal to lead Montreal past Chicago.

Facing former goaltending partner Cristobal Huet, Carey Price came within 7:42 of recording his first shutout in over four months but allowed Patrick Sharp’s 26th goal. Price made 28 saves as he and the Canadiens improved to 3-0-1 in their last four games.

Guillaume Latendresse and Mathieu Schneider also scored for Montreal, who remained in eighth place in the Eastern Conference with 88 points.

BRUINS 3, LIGHTNING 1

At Boson, Manny Fernandez stopped 24 shots as Eastern ­Conference-leading Boston won their fourth straight game, beating Tampa Bay.

Blake Wheeler and Chuck Kobasew scored — becoming Boston’s seventh and eighth 20-goal scorers this season. Zdeno Chara matched his career high with his 17th goal and added an assist. Mike McKenna made 36 saves for the Lightning, who have lost seven of eight.

In Tuesday’s other games it was:

• Canucks 2, Wild 1, OT

• Stars 3, Kings 2

• Ducks 5, Oilers 3

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